I'm getting ready for a new house, so I have the opportunity to get everything in-wall now. Its nothing fancy, but i want to have more control with what ive got. Based on the specs below, maybe all the installers etc, can give me their sales pitch/recommendations. To date, the local peeps havent designed what i think justifies their price tags. More details below.
MEDIA ROOM: Rack with all components...the usual stuff, xbox, bluray, tv, directv tuners etc.
LIVING: TV, TUNER
BEDROOM: TV, TUNER
As of right now, all of my equipment is controllable either with RS232 or ethernet or both. (except xbox) I want to keep it that way. IR and IR blasters are discouraged.
I'm looking for something that can be intuitively used to control this. Ipads are great. Something more dedicated would also be considered.
Now cost is a factor, and at some point, i would like to integrate some simple lighting control.
I would even consider more type DIY projects, as I have designed pcs that use serial control. The problem in the past is that my GUI/remote skills are seriously lacking. i want something that looks pretty to the end user/guests/WAF.
Ideas, comments, recommendations? please and thank you.